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Financial assistance for graduate students

Application Fee Assistance expanding section

UWL will pay the graduate school application fee for McNair Scholars.  To receive this benefit, request an application fee payment form from your undergraduate McNair Scholars contact or download a copy.

When completing the UW System application, simply skip the application fee payment section.  Completed fee forms should be emailed directly to UWL Graduate Admissions admissions@uwlax.edu or mailed to the address below.  Once we receive your form, your application will be updated in our system to confirm the payment requirement has been completed.

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) expanding section

AOP Grants recognize strong academic achievement and potential among newly admitted or continuing students who show financial need. These grants provide graduate tuition support for eligible Wisconsin residents from traditionally underrepresented minority and non-minority groups (African American, American Indian, Latinx, designated Southeast Asian) and/or economically disadvantaged students in advanced degree programs.  AOP awards are competitive and need-based (FAFSA required). 

We know the COVID-19 pandemic has put additional burdens on many of our applicants and students. This strengthens our commitment to financially supporting students who want to pursue graduate study. 

Institutional Award priority:          

  1. WI residents, full-time, and on-campus
  2. WI residents, part-time, and on-campus
  3. WI residents, online

AOP applications will be accepted starting in October of each academic year and evaluated in March; notifications of awards will be sent by late March. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office for more information.

Scholarships expanding section

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Numerous scholarship opportunities are available for graduate students through the UWL Foundation. Some scholarships have an application deadline of February 1st or later (please review to determine dates). 

In addition, students should take advantage of the UWL Scholarship Resource Center.  The center maintains an extensive database of private scholarships and other scholarship resources.

Veteran Benefits expanding section

UWL has a dedicated office for veteran services to help navigate the process of transitioning from military to university life.  This office is also a great resource for financial information related to veteran educational benefits. Please visit the Veteran Services website for more detailed information

Federal Education Loans expanding section

Graduate students may have eligibility to borrow under the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and/or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan programs to assist with the cost of their attendance. Both programs require a completed FAFSA.  While UWL encourages students to only borrow ‘what they need’, loans are available to ease the burden of paying for a graduate education and can be a worthwhile investment.  Please visit the Financial Aid website for more detailed information.

Private Student Loans expanding section

Students who need additional funds for education, beyond what was awarded on their financial aid award letter, might consider a private student loan. These loans are private educational loans from a lender and are not guaranteed by the federal government. Approval of a private student loan is based on creditworthiness. Most students will require a co-signer.

Emergency Resources expanding section

The Office of Student Life has compiled a wide range of resources related to supporting students facing financial difficulties and other challenges. Many of these apply most directly to on-campus students. There are also emergency funds available to support students impacted by COVID-19, whether they are enrolled in on-campus, online, or hybrid programs.